A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

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Aaron Levinsky
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Rose Kirk
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Arthur Kirk
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Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
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Francis MacMillan
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Judge Stanley Murdoch
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Allen Green
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Clarence Middleton
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Harry Harrison
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A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is very disruptive during her court hearings. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Mad As In Angry. Or Just Plain... NUTS

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11 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Nuts ... Durchgedreht  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,152,529 (USA)
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Trivia

For her role in this film, Barbra Streisand became the first actress to be paid $5 million. See more »

Quotes

Claudia Draper: Are you married?
Aaron Levinsky: Pardon me?
Claudia Draper: You got a missus?
Aaron Levinsky: Uh-huh.
Claudia Draper: She give good head?
Aaron Levinsky: You want to talk about your situation here or what? You've been indicted for manslaughter first degree.
Claudia Draper: I know all that. Tell me why you're here.
Aaron Levinsky: [chuckles] The truth?
Claudia Draper: No, the bullshit, Levinsky. I love listening to bullshit, especially when I'm drowning in it!
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HERE WE ARE AT LAST
Music by Barbra Streisand
Lyrics by Richard Baskin
Arranged & played by Randy Waldman
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Unintentional Camp
9 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barbra Streisand as a call girl (a "high end" one of course) who has gone more than a little nutty. Leslie Nielsen as a crazed John who attacks Streisand while wearing some very tiny black bikini briefs. Richard Dreyfuss as Streisand's hyper public defender. Dialogue such as "I get four-hundred dollars for a straight lay, three-hundred for a hand job, and five-hundred for head. If you want to wear my panties, that's another hundred" and "Don't judge my blow jobs, they were sane." All makes for a rather unintentionally campy movie and this camp factor is only ratcheted up by the serious way the film was made.

Streisand, admittedly, is entertaining in the role, even if the constant muttering to herself gets a little old after 30 minutes and becomes a little too theatrical in a look at me "I'm acting" kind of way. Nuts was based on a play originally produced in the 1970s and this film version, directed by the great Martin Ritt, is unable to overcome its original theatrical limitations. The film is unendingly claustrophobic, for example. There is only one scene that takes place outdoors - the final one. Moreover, the premise is awfully limited and despite Streisand's star power and the over the top concept of a nutty hooker killing one of her clients this film at its core is just a standard TV courtroom drama.


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